In the Yukon, the government announced it was planning the reopening of the economy on May 15, 2020, and the easing of public health restrictions. The government reiterated and clarified the following current restrictions:
- the ban on social gatherings of more than 10 people does not apply to workplaces. The maximum number of people in a workplace depends on the size of the establishment. Appropriate space between employees and increased hygiene precautions are required;
- retail businesses may remain open, but must implement measures to serve the public safely; and
- certain other businesses or establishments must remain closed to the public (i.e. bars, restaurants [except for take-out and delivery], recreation facilities and personal services businesses).
On May 16-17, 2020, in the Yukon, the government released its reopening plan A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The plan has three phases. The first phase commenced on May 15, 2020. Most businesses and service providers may now operate, provided that they implement (i) appropriate safety precautions, and (ii) a COVID-19 operational plan. Employers may use the government’s COVID-19 Operational Plan template, and consult available guidelines and resources.
The following types of businesses or service providers remain prohibited:
- personal services (e.g., hair salons, barber shops, tattoo parlours, nail salons, massage therapists, etc.);
- restaurants for seated service; and
- non-urgent dental treatment.
While travel restrictions within the Territory are now eased, travel restrictions at the border and self-isolation for returning travellers remain in place.
- childcare services;
- restaurants (beginning May 29, 2020); and
- personal services (beginning May 27, 2020).
On the weekend of May 29, 2020, the Government of Yukon and the Chief Medical Officer of Health provided a progress update on easing COVID-19 restrictions in Yukon. Premier Silver and Dr. Hanley confirmed that if conditions continue trending positively Yukon is on track to begin Phase II on July 1. Once the transition to Phase II begins, additional restrictions will be lifted throughout July. This includes lifting travel restrictions between Yukon and British Columbia, which will allow for the free movement of Yukon and BC residents back and forth, with no requirement for 14-day self-isolation. Decisions about how and when to move forwards or backwards through each phase of the plan continue to be guided by careful risk assessments and the six “criteria for transitioning between phases” including community engagement, public health capacity such as the capacity to contact trace and maintain fast testing turn around time.
On May 29, 2020, in the Yukon, parks and campgrounds will reopen on June 4, 2020,
On June 7, 2020, in the Yukon, the government announced that Phase II of its updated reopening plan will start on July 1, 2020. The government also stated that restrictions will be eased for critical and essential workers entering the Territory from British Columbia effective July 2, 2020, and published updated guidance for critical and essential workers.
On June 10, 2020, in the Yukon, the government announced that in-person classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 will resume at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
On June 21, 2020, in the Yukon, the government announced that full dental services will be able to resume their services, restaurants will be able to operate at 100% capacity and outdoor gatherings can include up to 50 people as of July 1, 2020.
On June 25, 2020, in the Yukon, the government announced that as of July 1, 2020:
- residents of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will be permitted to enter into the Territory without self-isolating; and
- pools can reopen and non-food vendors can return to farmers’ markets.
On June 26, 2020, in the Yukon, the government announced that regular road tests for driving licences will resume as of July 2, 2020.
As of July 1, 2020, the Yukon moved to Phase 2 of its Territorial reopening plan.
On July 10, 2020, in the Yukon, the government released its preliminary operational and learning plan for the 2020-21 school year.